Jenny Edwards

Director of Planning and Engagement
Jenny Edwards is the Director of Planning and Engagement at the Center for Energy and Environment. She leads the organization’s education and engagement activities, which combine applied research, planning, and stakeholder outreach to create durable clean energy solutions for community and statewide applications. She oversees CEE’s growing area of research on grid integration, which includes advanced metering, beneficial electrification, and geo-targeting of energy services. Leading areas of work for Jenny’s team include utility-community energy planning, commercial building benchmarking policies, “non-wires” distribution planning, electric vehicle integration, and advanced energy districts.

Jenny joined CEE in 2010 with over ten years of diverse energy analysis and planning experience at the local, state, and federal level. Her education and professional background has emphasized how scientific approaches to system-wide energy and environmental solutions can effectively serve the public decision-making process. Jenny’s previous work includes positions with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Electricity Markets and Policy Group, UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab, the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, and the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. She has focused on assessing practical market and policy mechanisms to advance customer adoption of clean energy alternatives, particularly energy efficiency and distributed renewables. Her experience includes stakeholder engagement in sustainability planning, life-cycle accounting tools and sustainable consumption tracking, customer end-use analysis, and geographic analysis tools for local resource planning.

Jenny holds a B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in City Planning, with a Certificate in Environmental Planning, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Jennifer Edwards and Emmy Waldhart. “Seeing is Believing: Mapping Building Efficiency Potential Across a Metro Region.” ACEEE Summer Study. Asilomar, CA. (2014)

Edwards, Jennifer. “Counting the Capacity that Didn’t Hatch: Historical Avoided Power Plant Savings from Minnesota Conservation Programs.” CEE, Minneapolis MN. (October 2013).

Bull, Michael, Jennifer Edwards et al. “Minneapolis Energy Pathways: A Framework for Local Energy Action.” Center for Energy and Environment, Minneapolis, MN. (February 2014).

Edwards, Jennifer, Dave Bohac, Carl Nelson, and Isaac Smith. “Field Assessment of Energy Audit Tools for Retrofit Programs.” U.S. DOE Building Technologies Program, NorthernSTAR Building America Partnership. St Paul, MN. (July 2013).

Edwards, Jennifer and Timothy Smith. “What is a Greener Choice? A Functional Equivalence Approach to Defining Green Products.” University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. St. Paul, MN. NS2-2010-DP1. (2010).

Edwards, Jennifer. “Life Cycle Assessment goes to Washington: Lessons from a New Regulatory Design.” Masters of City Planning Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (2009).

Edwards, Jennifer and Lawrence Susskind. “The Potential Role for Technology Demonstration Projects in Clean Energy Planning: The Case of Offshore Wind.” MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, Cambridge MA. (2009).

Edwards, Jennifer and Lawrence Susskind. “State Ocean Planning and Offshore Wind Development: Summary of Efforts in Three Northeast States.” MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, Cambridge MA. (2009).

Edwards, Jennifer, Jim Kleinschmit, and Heather Schoonover. “Identifying our Climate Foodprint: Assessing and Reducing the Global Warming Impacts of Food and Agriculture in the U.S.” Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Minneapolis MN (2009).

Lipman, T.E., J.L. Edwards, and C. Brooks. “Renewable Hydrogen: Technology Review and Policy Recommendations for State-Level Sustainable Energy Futures.” Clean Energy Group, Montpelier VT (2006).

Edwards, J.L. and C. Marnay. “Thermally Activated Cooling: A Regional Approach for Estimating Building Adoption.” European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy 2005 Summer Study. Mandelieu, France, May 30 – June 4, 2005.

Cohen, Jesse, Jennifer L. Edwards, and Chris Marnay. “U.S. Regional Energy Demand Forecasts Using NEMS and GIS.” E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. LBNL-57955 (July 2005).

Wang, Juan, Jesse Cohen, Jennifer L Edwards, and Chris Marnay. “A Locational Analysis of Generation Benefits on Long Island, New York.” E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. LBNL-57506 (June 2005).

LaCommare, K.S.H., J.L. Edwards, E. Gumerman, and C. Marnay. “Distributed Generation Potential of the U.S. Commercial Sector.” European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy 2005 Summer Study. Mandelieu, France, May 30 – June 4, 2005.

Edwards, J.L., R.H. Wiser, M.A. Bolinger, and T. Forsyth. “Building a Market for Small Wind: The Break-Even Turnkey Cost of Residential Wind Systems in the United States.” Global Windpower Conference 2004. American Wind Energy Association. Chicago, IL, March 2004.  

Siddiqui, Afzal S, Chris Marnay, Jennifer L Edwards, Ryan Firestone, Srijay M, Ghosh, and Michael Stadler. “Effects of a Carbon Tax on Microgrid Combined Heat and Power Adoption”. Journal of Energy Engineering, Special Issue on Quantitative Models for Energy Policy, Planning and Management. Journal of Energy Engineering (2004): 24.

Siddiqui, Afzal S, Ryan Firestone, Srijay Ghosh, Michael Stadler, Jennifer L Edwards, and Marnay, Chris. Distributed Energy Resources with Combined Heat and Power Applications. E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. LBNL-52718 (June 2003).

LaCommare, Kristina Hamachi, Jennifer L Edwards, and Chris Marnay. “Distributed Generation Capabilities of the National Energy Modeling System.” E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. LBNL-52432 (January 2003).

Edwards, J.L., C. Marnay, E.S. Bartholomew, B. Ouaglal, A.S. Siddiqui, and K.S.H. LaCommare. “Assessment of Microgrid Distributed Energy Systems Using DER-CAM and GIS.” E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. LBNL-50132 (2002).

Lipman, T.E., J.L. Edwards, and D.M. Kammen. "Economic Analysis of Hydrogen Energy Station Concepts: Are 'H2E-Stations' a Key Link to a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Infrastructure?" Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, Berkeley CA (2002)

Herzog, A.V., T.E. Lipman, D.M. Kammen, and J.L. Edwards. “Renewable Energy: A Viable Choice.” Environment, Vol. 43 No. 10 (2001).


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